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Supreme Court deals blow to gun rights; lets NY gun control law stay

A concealed handgun. (Dreamstime/TNS)
January 19, 2023

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request from a group of New York gun dealers to block some of the state’s new gun control measures. New York’s gun regulations are still being settled after the Supreme Court overturned its century-old concealed carry restrictions last summer.

The retailers had filed for an emergency injunction to block several rules for gun stores, including that they must have security systems and run background checks for ammo sales, the New York Times reported.

They also challenged a requirement that gun store workers be at least 21, and that anyone under 18 be barred from entering them unless they’re with a parent or guardian.

The court’s unsigned order states simply that the injunction  was denied. It came a week after the court rejected another request to block new rules banning guns in many “sensitive places” and requiring people seeking gun licenses to show “good moral character,” as reported by the Times.

The lead attorney for the gun retailers, Paloma Capanna, told Fox News she’s “disappointed” in the decision.

“We are challenging the ability of the state of New York to target dealers in firearms in the lawful stream of commerce, to put them out of business, which is what the new laws will do,” Capanna said. “So it really was unfortunate to see that we couldn’t get any emergency temporary injunction against those laws.” 

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In a press release, New York Attorney General Letitia James described the decision as a victory in the fight against “senseless gun violence.”

“We know that gun safety laws help save lives, and keep our state safer,” she said. “My office will continue to work tirelessly to stand up for New York’s gun safety laws and we will use every tool at our disposal to protect New Yorkers.”